Xavier Rees
CEO at Havas London
London, United Kingdom
TitleLong Live the Local
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Campaign Long Live the Local
Advertiser Britain’s Beer Alliance
Brand Britain’s Beer Alliance
Date of First Broadcast/Publication
Business Sector Beers, Ciders, Lagers
Tagline Sign the petition to cut beer tax
Story The pub — a cultural institution, quintessentially British icon and bedrock of local communities — faces significant challenges ahead. With increasing financial pressures from a range of taxes, three local pubs close their doors for good every day¹. Today, Britain’s Beer Alliance — the cross-industry group comprising brewers and pub companies large & small, as well as industry bodies including The British Beer & Pub Association, launches a major new campaign to help save ‘the local’.

Called ‘Long Live The Local’ the new campaign will celebrate the important role local pubs play in our community, our culture and our national identity, demonstrating that they are a force for good. It will create a national groundswell of people celebrating and supporting their local pubs, while simultaneously calling on Government to relieve some of pressure pubs are facing by cutting beer tax — which is currently set to increase for at least the next three years.
Philosophy Should the level of beer tax — which is already three times the EU average and 12 times higher than Germany² — continue to increase year after year, beer sales will fall, pubs will continue to close, and jobs will be lost, the new campaign will argue.

The campaign has taken six months to develop, including extensive strategic and creative development driven by consumer research, and will be supported by a £3 million investment each year for at least the next three years. It will comprise a striking, large-scale out-of-home campaign, national press ads, a cinematic online film, a PR campaign fronted by model and pub-owner Jodie Kidd, an influencer programme, Twitter promoted hashtag and video and an online hub at longlivethelocal.pub. Each pillar of activity will drive consumers to sign a petition saying no to the planned increase in beer duty, which will be delivered to Government ahead of the Autumn Budget.

Central to this activity is the film, directed by Tom Green, which explores what the pub means to society. A true snapshot of everything that makes pubs so important, it showcases the full range of life that happens within them — from catching up with friends to listening to live music, weddings to wakes — and everything in between.

With 900,000 people in the UK reliant on the pub, brewing and other related industries for work — adding £23 billion to the economy and contributing £13 billion in taxation³ — the campaign will also reach politicians to remind them of the economic importance, as well as the cultural importance, of the local pub and wider brewing industry. MPs will be made aware of the campaign & issues through lobbying events, localised PR and targeted media buys around Westminster and the upcoming party conferences, while pub-goers, owners and employees will experience the campaign in more than 15,000 British pubs through a selection of branded glasses, beer mats, window stickers and posters.
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